The City of Kingston, NY

    Welcome to the City of Kingston, NY

    Kingston, dating to the arrival of the Dutch in 1652, is a vibrant city with rich history and architecture, was the state's first capital, and a thriving arts community. City Hall is in the heart of the community at 420 Broadway, and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except July & August (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  Come tour our historic City, with restaurants that are among the region's finest, and local shopping that promises unique finds.

    Historic Churches

    Kingston is home to many historic churches. The oldest church still standing is the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Kingston which was organized in 1659. Referred to as The Old Dutch Church, it is located in Uptown Kingston. Many of the city's historic churches populate Wurts street (6 in one block) among them Hudson Valley Wedding Chapel is a recently restored church built in 1867 and now a chapel hosting weddings. Another church in the Rondout is located at 72 Spring Street. Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1849. The original church building at the corner of Hunter Street and Ravine Street burned to the ground in the late 1850s. The current church on Spring Street was built in 1874.

    Kingston, NY

    Kingston became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections.

    Kingston, NY

    The town of Rondout, New York, now a part of the city of Kingston, became an important freight hub for the transportation of coal from Honesdale, Pennsylvania to New York City through the Delaware and Hudson Canal. This hub was later used to transport other goods, including bluestone. Kingston shaped and shipped most of the bluestone made to create the sidewalks of New York City.


    Contact Us

    City Hall Address:
    420 Broadway
    Kingston, New York

    (845) 331-0080

    Complete Streets Advisory Council

    What are Complete Streets?

    “Complete Streets” is a term used to describe ordinary city streets that are designed to allow people of all ages and abilities to:

    • walk
    • bike
    • take the bus
    • and drive less

    By “completing the street” to encourage movement, kids, grandparents, adults of all ages can be active, healthy and feel connected to their neighborhoods.

    Why Complete Streets?

    City policies too-focused on cars can detract from the healthy functioning of households and hinder achieving a versatile, high quality street environment.  And given the fact that 37% of the City’s residents are under 18 or over 64, we need streets that are safe and accessible for the young and the old.  More attractive, better laid out, versatile streets that are well-maintained complement community development.  Besides fostering better mobility, a focus on non-motorized access and maintenance for Kingston's streets with the interests of pedestrians in mind will aid air quality and bolster sense of place and the local economy.

    What is the Complete Streets Advisory Council?

    Kingston’s Common Council created the Complete Streets Advisory Council in late 2010.  The group is charged with advising the city on ways Kingston can implement Complete Streets principles in its planning, design and construction activities.  The Council’s recommendations include:

    • The capital projects planned for the Greenkill Avenue/Broadway Bridge and the Albany Ave/Broadway/Interstate 587 be designed with Complete Streets principles.
    • City laws, regulations and policies be updated with information and priorities for the implementation of Complete Streets in Kingston.
    • The City’s new Comprehensive Plan should include Complete Streets considerations.

    For additional information, please contact Tom Polk, Council Chairman, c/o YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, 507 Broadway, Kingston NY 12401.  Phone: 845-338-3810, x102. Email:

    Complete Streets Advisory Council Meeting Dates - 2015

    Meetings are on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 4-6 pm

    Meeting Room 1, 3rd Floor, City Hall

    • January 20
    • April 21
    • June 16
    • September 15
    • November 17

    Listing files in 'Complete Streets Advisory Council Documents'

    There is an open call for applicants to serve on the City's Complete Streets Advisory Council. If you are interested in serving as a member, please download the form from the link below and return it to the City Office of Economic Development and Strategic Partnerships:

    For general background on Complete Streets and for a transportation planning primer, see:

    • Complete Streets: Planning Safer Communities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, by the Cornell Local Roads Program NY LTAP Center 
    • Many Routes to Complete Streets, by David Gilmour, AICP
    • Project presentation to the Common Council's Public Safety/Audit Committee in summer 2010
    •  A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, 2009, by the Federal Highway Administration

    Project Publicity

    • Introduction to the Complete Streets Initiative, by David Gilmour, AICP, Healthy Kingston for Kids Newsletter, March 2010
    • EDITORIAL: Low-Tech Transportation, Daily Freeman, April 21, 2010
    • LETTER: The Streets of Kingston, by Gregg Swanzey, Emilie Houser and David Gilmour, Letter to the Editor, Daily Freeman,  May 4, 2010
    • A Healthy City: Non-motorized transportation and acccess to fresh produce is key to reducing obesity, by Will Dendis, Ulster Publishing, April 2010
    • It Takes a (Small) City: Tackling Childhood Obesity with Complete Streets, by Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign blog Mobilizing the Region

    SWOT Analysis

    A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis was generated as part of the early assessment and planning for the 'complete streets' part of the Healthy Kingston for Kids initiative. The SWOT analysis identifies themes, focuses, and possible ways to support complete streets and active living planning. The analysis was used in the development of a short-term complete streets strategy that defines ways that the project participants can work with the community in addressing complete streets. 

    Code Audit

    The Complete Streets Committee performed a regulatory code audit (i.e. a structured review of municipal plans and regulations). The purpose of the audit was to identify how Kingston's existing land use rules and regulations are structured – especially the degree to which they either provide for positive growth and development, or hinder, a complete streets environment and healthy, active living. 

    Check back here often for project updates